VALUE STORIES
What value defines you?

We all try to live by many different values, but usually one of them stands out a little more than the others... Is your value love? grit? giving back? What value defines you?

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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
2XTREME My name is Joey and I'm 15 years old. Up until I was about 13 years old, I grew up a really unstable home. I failed just about every class I took because I felt like I had no meaning in the world, and I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. Everything changed when I met a man named John, a counselor who my...
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OVERCOMING
THE SHORTEST FLIGHT I was flying home after attending my best friend's funeral. It had happened suddenly. She was there one minute and gone the next. The trip home had been a busy one. There was the funeral itself and her apartment had to be gone through, her things sorted: things for family, things for friends, things to donate....
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MOTIVATION
I'M GOING TO STRIVE... Christmas break had just arrived promising two weeks off. My intention for these two weeks was to clear my head of some problems I faced. I spent time with my family having as cheeriest of a time as possible. Anyways, there are too many times a day I’m left alone with my mind so I search for things to keep me...
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COMPASSION
THE OLD LADY IN THE WORN BROWN COAT One cold January evening in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I went with my father on an oil burner service call. I guess my father was in his forties at the time. I was about twelve or thirteen years of age and I enjoyed hanging out with him whenever I could, he taught me so much. He was always working hard trying to...
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APPRECIATION
A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE In 1970 my five brothers, my sister and I lived in the housing projects of Toronto with our parents. My father was a factory worker, and my mother stayed home. Each year my father would dress up as Santa Claus and go through the streets of the projects sharing joy and candy with the children there. He loved it as...
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VOLUNTEERING
SUNDAYS WITH JESSE It all started after I had volunteered with our church's Vacation Bible School program. Working with the kids made me realize how much I loved teaching and interacting with them. It wasn't long before I had signed up for working with the children's Sunday school as well. My assignment, however, was not what I had...
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MOTIVATION
KINDNESS Today a representative came to talk to my school about Rachel Scott. She was a great person who died in the horrific Columbine High School tragedy. The assembly was inspiring and really moved me. Before the day of the assembly, I had been trying to better myself by simply being kind to others. After the...
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HELPING OTHERS
SNOW ANGEL Many years ago I was driving my infant daughter over a two-lane highway through southwest Wyoming when a blizzard came up suddenly, as they tend to do in that part of the country. The snow was swirling everywhere and any oncoming vehicle dusted my little VW so thoroughly that it would take a long few seconds...
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APPRECIATION
BEAUTIFUL I came to work in the operating room after nursing school was completed. I was so excited about my new job that I would alternate between being exhausted and not being able to sleep properly. Like many jobs, the newness and excitement wore off and I found myself in drudgery. One night (when I was staying...
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APPRECIATION
MY DADDY I still remember the first time I was "qualified" to go to a football game with my daddy. My parents had eight children; so they had a million rules for when you could "qualify" to do things. It was a cold fall day, and I had just turned eight years old, the magic University of Utah football eligibility age. The...
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ENCOURAGEMENT
THATS WHAT PARENTS ARE FOR.... I still remember it so well, that night before my boards exams... Even though I was a topper of my class, subjects like history and geography sent chills down my spine. At around 10pm, my brother went to his room, and my parents also left. No one asked me how was I feeling...I had so much anxiety; I felt like...
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LIVE LIFE
CANCER AS A BLESSING When I was 35, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was a nightmare. While you instantly slip into "poor me" or "why me" mode, times like these can also remind you of just how many people care about you and at a time of need, how many people will come out of the woodwork. Sadly, it sometimes takes a drastic event to...
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REACHING OUT
KINDNESS When I was in 8th grade, I had lots of friends, I wasn't lonely or anything. But in my P.E. class, I saw this 7th grader who was not liked by many people. No one ever chose him to be on teams. He sat near me in P.E., so I started talking to him, and I was always nice to him. Whenever I became captain of a...
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TRUST
ME, THE COOS BAY BEST WESTERN MOTEL AND GRANDPA Yesterday I was fortunate enough to find one more person in our world who is genuinely kind and caring. It was about 11:00 p.m. when my telephone rang. The caller ID showed the number of a Best Western Motel. Normally, I would ignore this type of call, letting the machine pick it up. For some reason, though, I...
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APPRECIATION
THE GRACE OF SMALL KINDNESS Every good story has a lesson, and any good lesson is really a gift. I often need to re-learn this lesson, and I can't always find the gift in it, but I can say that this is the story of how I received grace and learned how it is possible to carry that gift everywhere we go. I learned this from my late-husband,...
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